The Cheltenham Gold Cup takes place each year during the Cheltenham Festival in March. The steeplechase race is a Grade 1 National Hunt horse race which is run on the New Course at Cheltenham Racecourse in England. It is run over a distance of 3 miles 2½ furlongs, has 22 fences that need to be jumped and is the most prestigious of all National Hunt events.
Last year the race was won by Native River, trained by Colin Tizzard and owned by Brocade Racing. The chestnut gelding is once again one of the top favourites for victory and it is expected in this year’s edition of the Cheltenham Gold Cup he will have to prove his credentials by locking horns with Might Bite and Presenting Persy.
The fact that 2019 Cheltenham Gold Cup might turn out to be a photo finish race has made punters and horse racing enthusiasts a little giddy and now everyone is trying to pick the probable winner of these three horses.
In this article we will try to analyze the chances for victory of the top favourites for the win and in doing so we hope that we will make it easier for many punters still pondering which horse to back.
Event Date: 15 March 2019
Is Might Bite the Top Favourite for Victory?
Might Bite is a nine year old Irish bay gelding and is considered by many as the top favourite to finish first in the 2019 Cheltenham Gold Cup. This is because the N. J. Henderson trained horse has an incredible win ratio of 62.5% and is one of the most successful horses which will appear at Cheltenham Racecourse.
In 16 runs Might Bite has managed to notch 10 victories, 2 second places and one third place, stats which frankly speaking, are out of this world. He easily won the Betway Bowl at Aintree and was a close second behind Native River in last year’s edition of the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
Might Bite remains one of the highest rated chasers in training and bookmakers have him as the top favourite to finish the race at Cheltenham as the winner. Betting operators such as Redzonesports, Fun88, SportPesa, MansionBet, and Letou all agree that the Irish horse will be the horse to catch this year and as a result they have given him odds of 11/2.
Can Presenting Percy Challenge for the Top Spot?
Presenting Persy is a seven year old bay gelding trained by P. G. Kelly and owned by Philip Reynolds. In his career, the horse has recorded some admirable results and currently has a win ratio of 52.94%. In his career, Presenting Percy appeared in 17 races, of which he won 9, finished second in two of them and was placed third in one.
His last competitive race was back in March last year at the 2018 edition of the Cheltenham Gold Cup. There, he went head to head with many good horses in the RSA Insurance Novices’ Chase and turned the race into a procession, that’s how good his performance was.
Both Presenting Percy and Might Bite won the RSA Insurance Novices’ Chase in the last couple of years and it is to be expected that bookmakers would look there first when deciding on the favourites for the 2019 Cheltenham Gold Cup. This is why it is no surprise at all that Presenting Percy is the second favourite, only behind Might Bite, with bookmakers such as Redzonesports, Fun88, SportPesa, MansionBet, and Letou giving him odds of 6/1.
Can Native River Win It Two Years in a Row?
Native River was the deserved winner in the Cheltenham Gold Cup last year and the eight year old chestnut gelding will certainly be one of the biggest contenders for the top prize once again.
The Irish horse, trained by C. L. Tizzard and owned by Brocade Racing has had a surprisingly high win ratio in his long career which currently stands at 52.38%. He has recorded 11 first places in his 21 competitive runs and also has 2 second place finishes and five third place finishes in his illustrious career.
He comes in Cheltenham as the reigning champion from last year and his team will definitely be looking to capitalize on that and use his love for the course to get another first place finish.
Native River is considered as the joint second favourite by bookmakers and sports betting operators such as Fun88, Redzonesports, Letou, SportPesa, and MansionBet give him odds of 6/1 to come out of the race as the winner.
Can Sizing John Repeat his 2017 Heroics?
Sizing John won the Cheltenham Gold Cup back in 2017 when he was ridden by Robbie Power and trained by Jessica Harrington. Back then he left high profile horses such as Minella Rocco and Native River behind him and proved that he is a horse for big events.
The 8 year old bay gelding does not have the win ratio of his other more high profile rivals here, but 45% is not as bad as many would have you believe. Out of the 20 races in which the experienced runner has taken part he has won 9, finished second in 5 and third in 3 of them.
Because of his victory in 2017, bookmakers are looking fondly at Sizing John’s chances of victory and right now betting operators such a Letou, Redzonesports, MansionBet, Fun88, and SportPesa price him at 14/1 to win the 2019 Cheltenham Gold Cup. These odds put him outside of the top three favourites group, but still keep him in contention as a probable winner.
Might Footpad and Bellshill Also Get in the Mix?
Footpad is a six year old bay gelding with a surprisingly good win ratio of 53.33%. In its career so far the French horse has recorded 8 victories, one second place and three third place finishes. Because of these more than decent stats Footpad enters the race at the Cheltenam Racecourse as the joint fifth favourite to win.
Joining him in this group of favourite horses is the 8 year old Irish bay gelding Bellshill. Both Bellshill and Footpad are trained by W. P. Mullins and both of these horses are given similar chances to come out on top come March.
Bellshill has an almost identical win ratio to Footpad and it currently reads 52.63%. This makes him a likely candidate for the victory as well and punters seem to fancy his chances.
Bookmakers give the same odds to both Footpad and Bellshill and sports betting operators such as Letou, Redzonesports, MansionBet, Fun88, and SportPesa give both horses identical odds of 16/1.